By Kirk Ross, Staff Writer, The Carrboro Citizen

Early on in January 2009, many in these towns were still focused on the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C.

With close to 72 percent of Orange County voters pulling the lever for Barack Obama, the election of the first black president was still the big buzz, and a major — by Carolina standards — snowstorm contributed to collecting around TV sets and radios on Inauguration Day.

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